Broome is a small and easy-to-navigate West Australian city. Wide, flat roads and plenty of footpaths make it very pedestrian friendly, for cyclists or walkers. Chinatown, Broome's shopping hub, is particularly lovely to walk around due to its historic buildings. Be sure to spend a day walking or cycling the city if you have time.
Motorbikes and scooters are available to rent across the city. Provided that you know what you're doing, they are a convenient way to get around to the city sights and explore the beaches. There aren't too many places in Australia where hiring a motorbike or scooter trumps a car, but Broome is one such destination.
Car hire is simple in Broome, with several major car hire companies offering a wide variety of vehicles. If you want to explore some of the nearby sights in the Kimberley, a car is the best way to get out and explore. 4WDs are a particularly popular option for nearby off-road driving, so if you are confident make sure you take advantage of a bigger vehicle.
Buses run every half hour during high season and every hour during low season. Buses run seven days a week, covering all major stops including Cable Beach, Chinatown and the boulevard shops. Bus timetables are readily available in tourist information centres, hotels, on the buses or at the Broome bus service website. Save money with a day pass for the bus.
Take a tour to go and explore Cape Leveque. One of the most unspoiled, remote areas of the world, Cape Leveque is a bumpy ride away but the views off the Dampier Peninsular are well worth the bruises. The tour will also take you to Cape Leveque's beaches, the churches at Beagle Bay and to the Aboriginal communities at Lombadina.
Gantheaume Point is utterly stunning. Its dramatic bright red rock formations plunge into the green Indian Ocean underneath a clear blue sky. As if that wasn't worth the trip alone, there's the opportunity to kayak and, at very low tide, you can see the 130 million year old footprints of dinosaurs that once roamed the area.
The Bungle Bungles is part of Purnululu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The orange striped ranges of sandstone are some of the most photographed rock formations in Kimberley. This is one experience you will likely never forget, as the imagines you will take in are truly magnificent and unique to this part of the world.
East meets west as colonial and Asian architecture collide. Chinatown was once the buzzing heart of the city, full of pearl sheds, brothels and Chinese restaurants. Much of its lively soul remains, and evidence of the past is apparent everywhere in the museums and buildings. While in Chinatown, you must check out the pearl showrooms and the Sunday market on Johnny Chi Lane.
Start the day the only sensible way with a swim on Cable Beach, known to be one of the most beautiful stretches off coast in the world. In the afternoon, get to grips with Broome's incredible pearl diving history at Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour, a working pearl farm which details the torturous methods of old. Intombi is another option for history buffs – the refurbished lugger offers afternoon cruises along Cable Beach with food and drink. Head back to the beach after sundown and continue the party in Chinatown.
Head out early to Gantheaume Point, where you can spend the day kayaking and snapping some of the most scenic pictures you'll ever take. Once you've worn yourself out, head back to Broome for a lazy afternoon taking a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach and then munching on the area's famous seafood at Roebuck Bay.
Breakfast at a beach café can be followed by a trip to the local art galleries. Broome is a hub of creative talent, which is well showcased in galleries including Monsoon, Short St. Gallery, Windram Art and Dacou. Next, rest your feet while still enjoying the great outdoors at Sun Pictures, an open air cinema with deck chairs that shows current box office hits.
Take a bumpy ride to Cape Leveque for a chance to go mud-crabbing, swimming at incredible beaches and discovering the local Aborigines and their history. This is a full day trip that will get you back to Broome at around 9pm – just enough time to squeeze in a beachside beverage and an early night.
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